Jill Duggar has made two notable social media moves since arriving back home from Central America: She’s expressed relief about being on U.S. soil and tweeted about her family’s recent lawsuit.
Jill Duggar and her husband, Derick Dillard, arrived in Arkansas late last week. The couple is taking another break from life on the mission field in El Salvador because they want their second child to be born in the U.S. As People reports, their baby boy is expected to arrive sometime in July. It’s considered unsafe for women who are more than 36 weeks pregnant to fly, so the Counting On stars had to make sure that they left El Salvador before Jill hit this mark. They also wanted to return home in time for Joy-Anna Duggar’s wedding, which will likely take place next weekend.
On Sunday, Jill revealed that she and Derick had taken advantage of being back home by asking Michelle Duggar to babysit their 2-year-old son, Israel, while they attended church.
“So grateful to be back in the States and get to go to our church this morning @crosschurch #Israeliswithgrandma #lovetheUSA,” she wrote on Instagram.
Jill Duggar didn’t explain why Israel had to stay home, but it’s possible that she and Derick Dillard just wanted a little break from keeping an eye on the energetic toddler. During an episode of Counting On, the couple explained that they never leave Israel’s side while they’re in El Salvador because they’re so afraid that something awful may happen to him. The missionaries recently blogged about the kidnapping and murder of one of their El Salvadorian friends, and they’ve often spoken about how violent and dangerous the area of the country they work in can be. However, they have no such worries when they’re in Arkansas. Because Jill has so many sisters, she was no trouble finding a babysitter she trusts to take care of Israel. The last time she and Derick returned home for a short visit, Jessa Duggar watched the little boy while his parents went on a “date” to the local grocery store.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard are asking for money to fund their current vacation from the mission field. According to SheKnows, the couple has been criticized for living off of fans’ donations instead of paying their expenses with the money they make from Counting On. Some Duggar detractors believe that the donations are being misused, and they’ve accused Jill and Derick of being “money hungry.”
The couple recently made another move that some critics have decried as a money grab. As Page Six reports, four of the Duggar sisters — Jill, Jessa, Jinger, and Joy-Anna — are suing various entities over the release of redacted police reports. The documents exposed the sexual abuse that the girls suffered at the hands of their older brother Josh in 2002 and 2003. They are seeking damages for the “severe mental anguish and distress” that they suffered after “being publicly identified as being victims of sexual abuse as minors,” and they’re reportedly hoping for a settlement of up to $15 million. However, Jill Duggar recently claimed that the lawsuit is not about the money.
“We hope our lawsuit will send a clear message that releasing the names of juveniles is never ok,” she tweeted on May 19.
We hope our lawsuit will send a clear message that releasing the names of juveniles is never ok.https://t.co/b6gGUuAu5B— Jill (Duggar)Dillard (@jillmdillard) May 19, 2017
Some of the responses to the tweet have been pretty brutal.
“I hope you win lots and lots of money and are able to quit your jobs and travel and do what you like! Oh wait,” tweeted @FLGal61.
“Lol why are you suing two years later? The only message this sends is that you’re money hungry. Also, weren’t your names redacted?” asked @Blue_JJane92.
“But you minimized the abuse on tv to protect your image? Can you & your husband please just get jobs bc this is pathetic??” tweeted @kristinelise_.
So far, Jill Duggar has not responded to any of the criticism.
[Featured Image by Dillard Family/Facebook]